TV on Tap: “Pretty Little Liars” Gets a Spin-Off, Syfy Orders More “Continuum” and the Case for More Male Nudity on “Game of Thrones”


Psych celebrates its 100th episode tonight. It’s a Psych-centennial!

News

Deadline joined the morning news gossip mill and contributed a report that Anderson Cooper was approached to take Matt Lauer‘s job on The Today Show. Cooper ended up declining when he learned that the job was being offered to him behind Lauer’s back.

In further Anderson Cooper news brought to you by Deadline, the silver fox has filmed a pilot with Kathy Griffin. The project was filmed in front of a live audience at CNN studios, though it’s not clear if the pilot is meant for CNN.

In a double-feature of Pretty Little Liars news, ABC Family has ordered a fifth season of the hit thriller — and ordered a spin-off series, Ravenswood. The spin-off will be set in a town near the PLL setting of Rosewood where a deadly curse has tormented the town for generations, with five strangers finding themselves drawn into the curse. I wonder if Sean Faris‘ upcoming PLL character, a cop from a nearby town, will end up living in Ravenswood.

Game of Thrones has faced criticism for its plentiful use of nudity, especially female nudity. However, New York Magazine’s Matt Zoller Seitz suggests the solution should be not to cut back on the sex and nudity but to expand the show’s gaze to include more male nudity and same-sex love scenes, pointing to Spartacus as a show that gets that balance right.

I was surprised to see TVLine report that Syfy has picked up the second season of Continuum. I thought I already saw Syfy announce that with a promo for the second seasont that followed the Continuum season finale . Either way, more Continuum is a good thing.

Vulture takes on the task of ranking every season of The Real World, adding some sharp and hindsight-educated commentary about each season. The right season landed on top, few TV shows can legitimately claim to changing society.

How I Met Your Mother has done a lot to squander the love I once felt for it, but Vulture reports that the season finale will include Happy Endings‘s Casey Wilson and Keegan-Michael Key (from MadTV and Key & Peele). That’s a good way to earn back some love.

If you’ve noticed a slight change to the CW’s programming in the past couple of seasons (adding shows like Ringer, Beauty and the Beast and The Carrie Diaries that appeal to an older audience) that’s because the network is trying to grow up with its audience instead of trying to always hue to the tastes of the current 18-34-year-old demo. There’s no discussion of how ABC Family captures the zeitgeist among those younger viewers far more often than The CW.

Since I’m an old school Amethyst fanboy, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I agree with io9 that those Amethyst shorts from DC Nation deserve a watch… and a series. (Even though any Amethyst fan should wince at the praise becoming a regular series… oh, what the hell, bring on the DC Nation version of Fire Jade!)

Did you want to see the the cast of Parks & Recreation drawn as members Justice League? I’ll be more excited when someone mashes the civil servants of Pawnee with the Legion of Super-Heroes (immediate problem: Leslie is clearly a Saturn Girl but Ben is clearly a Cosmic Boy.)

NBC finally got some good ratings news thanks to the return of The Voice and Revolution. The Voice managed to triple the ratings NBC got last week and improved from last fall’s premiere (it couldn’t match last year’s after-Super Bowl numbers which duh) while Revolution dropped a modest 7% from its fall finale.

In further ratings news, Bates Motel held on to most of the viewers who gave it a record-breaking debut last week. Meanwhile, The Bible lost a few viewers after it got headlines for making the Devil look like President Obama.

Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Padma Lakshmi returns as guest host to discuss vigilantes who are using their video cameras to fight crime.

Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
Vanessa Williams is today’s guest-host with Dwayne Johnson and Florida Georgia Line visiting for interviews.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Now it’s Kate trying to get Sonny to keep a secret. We’re building up to the day when all of Salem surprises him with a trophy for being Salem’s secret guardian, letting him know they secretly all realize how good he’s been at remembering who can’t be told what. Meanwhile, “one of Kristen‘s schemes comes back to haunt her.” Oh god, pleasebeSusan pleasebeSusan, pleasebeSusan. Be sure to join us as we liveblog the action starting at 1PM Eastern!

MSNBC Live (MSNBC) 11:00 AM ET
Now with Alex Wagner (MSNBC) Noon ET
With the Supreme Court discussing DOMA today, Thomas Roberts will be talking to Ken Mehlman and Karen Morgan, widow of guardsman Charlie Morgan. Then, Roberts stick around to join Frank Bruni on a very gay Now panel (guest-hosted by the great Joy Reid).

Arrow (CW) 8:00 PM ET
It’s almost a requirement that any story about a noble vigilante include a “what monster have I created?” moment involving the appearance of a new vigilante, one who doesn’t bother with those silly rules our hero has set for himself. Tonight, “The Savior” arises in Starling City, a man who kidnaps and kills the people he thinks has wronged the residents of the city.

Bomb Girls (Reelz) 8:00 PM ET
Bomb Girls is one of those shows that fell victim to that downside of living in a golden age of televsion — a full DVR that doesn’t include a long “shows to watch” list. I’ll catch up eventually, but for those already caught up with the first season, there’s a whole second season to start enjoying with tonight’s two-hour premiere.

The Neighbors (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
The bad reviews kept me from checking out ABC’s new comedy, but the series is wrapping up its first season with George Takei. That’s how you get me to reconsider a show. Bring in George Takei. Nobody tell the producers of Splash about this weakness, please.

Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET
Sam and Dean discover a man who has taken a bunch of orphans under his wing to cook putanesca sauce for his theatre troupe teach them to hunt vampires, finding vengeance for their own parents’ deaths. I’m going to spend this episode dreading a surprise appearance by Benny. You can’t make Dean choose between plucky orphans and the guy who made him change his relationship status to “It’s really complicated.”

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
One of the most popular guest-characters returns to Modern Family tonight — Pam (played by Wendi McLendon-Covey) the lesbian mom who clashed with Cam. Pam’s here to offer some advice on Cam and Claire‘s house flipping project.

Suburgatory (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
Greorge‘s home ends up becoming a shelter for recently-divorced husbands who don’t know what to do with themselves, starting with Noah.

Southland (TNT) 10:00 PM ET
After things got dire with Hicks last week, Cooper finally faces up to the idea that his old mentor is there to make him realize how his life could turn out if he doesn’t face some of his demons.

Psych (USA) 10:00 PM ET
It’s not often that a cable drama reaches its 100th episode, so it’s a big deal for Psych which is celebrating an episode with Christopher Lloyd, Lesley Ann warren, Martin Mull, Curt Smith and Garrett Morris in an interactive story that will allow viewers to determine the ending. There’s something about this that makes me think of Clue, which is not a bad thing at all.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) 11:35 PM ET
We’re seen a good amount of Kristin Chenoweth on daytime this week, now it’s time for a late night talk show appearance.

What will you be watching tonight? Please share in the comments!

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
I guess Anderson hasn’t completely checked out on his show, as tomorrow’s guest is Kathy Griffin. Huh. Just in time to discuss rumors about the two of them.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Mario Cantone is set to co-host tomorrow’s show.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Lily Tomlin will be visiting the Talk table tomorrow.

 

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